Mayor of the Sunset Strip (2003)

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Fragile, Andy Warhol look alike, Rodney Bingenheimer is the Mayor of the Sunset Strip (2003). If you have no idea who radio DJ (KROQ in LA) Rodney is then you’re in for a treat.

This documentary takes a look at Rodney’s rise from rock fan, journalist, club owner to radio DJ. Since 1976 he’s been known as a DJ—the first one in the US to play and promote several bands such as Coldplay, Oasis, The Smiths, Blondie and Joan Jett.

He’s obsessed with being in the company of famous musicians and actors. In the 70s, Robert Plant claimed that Rodney had more “action” with the groupies and band-aids than he did. Hard to believe when you look at Rodney now and see him in the film.

You can’t help but feel sorry for Rodney when you watch this film. His mother divorced when he was very young. He spent most of his childhood alone, became very popular in the 70s but now finds himself alone again. He knows everyone and is friends with no one.

He’s still looking for the girl of his dreams. His radio show now airs on Sunday nights from midnight till 3 AM. When I look at Rodney today I see a sad and lonely man who is fading away. Watch the film and you’ll see this time and time again.

Mayor of the Sunset Strip is fascinating. Rodney is a great subject for a documentary and there is a huge celebrity factor to the film that I think most viewers will enjoy. If you enjoyed something like The Kid Stays In the Picture (2002) then you can’t go wrong with Mayor of the Sunset Strip.

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